Retrieved May 6, 2013  •  By PIPER HAUGAN Montana Standard
BUTTE — In former Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s words, the Bakken oil formation in Eastern Montana and North Dakota is “a millionaire maker.’’

Schweitzer, speaking at a conference at Highlands College on Friday, focused his talk on the demand for solid Main Street businesses in that area.

The conference, called “Tapping Opportunity in the Bakken,” highlighted the status of the Bakken oil field and the challenges of doing business in the area. Schweitzer joined a host of speakers.

Schweitzer’s speech was full of his usual humor — “Why would you call something good a frack?” he asked, regarding the controversial method of extracting oil and gas that he supports.

A soil scientist, Schweitzer told the audience that one doesn’t have to be in the oil business to profit off of the boom in Eastern Montana. There are many other demands — with infrastructure like sewers and roads in need for repair, a desperate shortage of housing and visitors’ accommodations and the need for other basic necessities like transportation and food.

“If you know anything about anything … if you’re good at it, you’ll make money in the Bakken,” he said.

He pointed out that oil companies in the Bakken spend $750 million a year on sand alone for their fracking operations. At the selling rate of $80 to $160 a ton, people – Montanans –could make money simply by selling sand, he said.

He also said with issues over water rights, it’s “going to take a bunch of lawyers out there to get it sorted out.”

He said the Bakken is not going to be a boom-bust region, but will continue to thrive.

“Whatever you study, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “If you go to the Bakken, you’re going to hit home runs.”

Contact: Jeff Zarling
Phone: 701-577-1100

Minot, ND—The Bakken Investor Conference employs Attendee Communication System and the Dawa Events Mobile App to facilitate attendee communications and connections before, during and after the event.

Dawa Solutions Group has partnered Sleep Inn & Suites Minot to host the 3rd Annual Bakken Investor Conference on April 24 through April 26 to connect investors with oil and gas companies and real estate developers to explore investment and development opportunities in the Bakken Shale play.

“The oil and gas industry is driving the economy in the Williston Basin and with it the need for more housing and real estate development. Although the Williston Basin is growing, it still has a local feel,” noted Jeff Zarling, President, Dawa. “If you want to do business in the Bakken, you have to get here. Face-to-face interactions and connections are key factors in successfully doing business in the Williston Basin.”

The Attendee Communication System is a private systems platform that allows attendees to view and connect directly and confidentially with other attendees before, during and after the conference.

Attendees can comfortably contact one another through the system without having to worry about their information being freely circulated. Attendees have complete authority over who receives their information.

The Dawa Events Mobile App gives attendees access to the conference agenda, list of exhibitors, and list of attendees directly from their phone or other Apple or Android mobile device. Like the Attendee Communications System, the app allows users to privately message one another before, during and after the event.

The app is available to download from both the apple store for apple devices and the Google play store for android devices. Instructions to login and use these tools are posted at

“It’s paramount for the successful growth and development of our community to bring together these two key industries and their investors,” he added. “With the Attendee Communications System and the DEMA, making connections at an event has never been easier.”

In addition to the technology tools, the conference also hosts an Attendee Connection. The Attendee Connection is a forum which allows each attendee 30 seconds to introduce him/herself and tout any other relevant information. As part of the forum, conference attendees receive a numbered list of attendees, noting their name, title and represented entity. During each introduction, the attendee states what number represents him/her. Using the list, attendees can quickly and easily identify the speaker and make notes next to those attendees with whom they want to personally meet or contact.

“The Attendee Connection is a significant aspect of the conference,” stated Zarling. “It’s the equivalent of speed dating but for business relationships and has been a hit with attendees at our past conferences.”

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Bakken Investor Conference Features Speakers Dale Brown, Retired Hall of Fame Basketball Coach, and American Petroleum Institute’s Chief Economist Dr. John Felmy

Minot, ND, March 19, 2013 – The 3nd Annual Bakken Investor Conference connects investors with oil and gas companies and real estate developers to explore investment and development opportunities in the Bakken Shale play.

2013 Bakken Investor Conference
April 24-26, 2013
Sleep Inn & Suites
Minot, North Dakota

Dale Brown – Author, Motivational Speaker, Retired Hall of Fame LSU Basketball Coach and Minot, North Dakota Native
The conference kicks off with a keynote address from Dale Brown, legendary coach, author, motivational speaker and Minot native. He began his career as a high school coach, teacher and principal in North Dakota. Brown is a member of the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame and the North Dakota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

As a basketball coach at Louisiana State University, he appeared in 15 straight national tournaments and is the second most winning coach in SEC history, leading teams to 17 consecutive non-losing seasons. Now retired, Coach Brown is a professional speaker working with organizations that want to achieve success and inspire a winning attitude towards work and life.

Oil and Gas, and Real Estate Industries
The oil and gas industry is driving the economy in the Williston Basin. The real estate developers and investors build out the housing, industrial, commercial and other infrastructure needed to sustain energy and economic development in the Bakken. Bringing together these two key industries and their investors will help each to better understand the other and expand development for their mutual continued success.

John Felmy, Ph.D, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute
Dr. Felmy is responsible for overseeing economic, statistical and policy analysis of the Institute. He has more than 25years of experience in energy, economic and environmental analysis. He will present a survey of current conditions and an outlook for oil & gas.

Emerging Issues and Market Conditions in the Energy Sector
Investors need to understand the opportunities, challenges, and risks of the market. The speakers and panel presenters will provide the latest information on emerging issues in the Williston Basin including: “Market Access and Development Initiatives” – Eric Schaeffer, Business Services Manager, Enbridge, Inc.

Real Estate Investment Information
Investors want to understand the current market conditions, the future outlook and concrete data to analyze their investment options. The real estate topics will allow investors to make better investment decisions.

Dr. Nancy Hodur, Research Scientist, and Dean Bangsund, North Dakota State University
Population and household projections are core metrics used in determining demand for products, services, and real estate development. Dr. Hodur and her colleagues have conducted several studies recently including the population analysis and projections and the recently released economic impact of the petroleum industry in North Dakota.

Increasing Debt Financing in the Bakken
Debt financing has been elusive for developers in the Bakken. The Bank of North Dakota has developed a sub-participation program to help address the problem. The panel will include representatives from the Bank of North Dakota, local and regional lenders, and developers discussing case studies.

Jon Nelson, Hegg Development Group
“Raising Wall Street Money for Bakken Real Estate Projects”
Jon Nelson will share his experience and insights into the current environment for raising money from investors for Bakken real estate opportunities.

About the Bakken Investor Conference
The Bakken Investor Conference is produced by Dawa Solutions Group and Minot Lodging Expo. The conference is sponsored by:

Hegg Companies –
Evercorp –
Cirrus Aircraft –
Mainstream Investors –

Bakken Investor Conference
Jeff Zarling

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